Sunflower meal

Sunflower meal is the fourth largest source of protein supplement behind soybean, cottonseed, and canola meals. Nutrients in sunflower meal can vary depending on several factors.   The amount and composition of meal is affected by oil content of the seed, extent of hull removal, and efficiency of oil extraction. Nitrogen required by rumen microbes can be provided in the form of rumen- degradable protein from sunflower meal. Energy values of sunflower meal are lower than canola or soybean meal. Sunflower meal can be used as the sole source of protein in beef rations. Cows consuming low quality forages such as winter range, crop aftermath, or other low- quality forages can utilize supplemental degradable protein to increase total intake, forage digestibility, and performance